“God’s love on display” That’s what came to mind as I saw over seventy-five members and friends of UBC show up this past Saturday for Operation Inasmuch.
I spent most of the morning going to various work sites and taking a few pictures. I saw folks joyfully fixing drainage problems, sawing and hauling branches, cataloging library books at the Venable School, weeding and planting a garden, painting rooms and cleaning out a front yard.
On a couple of sites, I saw two Charlottesville officers from the Crime Prevention Unit giving out pens to our volunteers as a way to say thanks.
One of the leaders of the Bridge Ministry told me just how grateful she was for the same members of UBC who came back year after year to work on their garden.
On one site, OIAM members worked from 7 am to 8 pm, through the rain storms and sunshine to build and install a wheelchair ramp for a retired Albemarle County maintenance worker suffering from kidney failure and colon cancer.
I cannot add more to what a member of that team wrote later: “Thank each of you for a long hard day of work done in Christian love. Clearly a team effort that I was proud to be a part of. University Baptist Church spread the love of Christ on Saturday.” Indeed, God’s love was on display!
~ With a thankful heart, Michael
PS – Pictures of our OIAM day can be found here.